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1. You are learning a new technology. This means that you will inevitably encounter problems and feel like you don't know what you're doing. THIS IS NORMAL. Have patience, search for solutions online, and ask for help!
2. Do not expect your site to look like a professional website. This is not a graphic design class, and you are not being graded on how pretty your site looks. That said, there are some principles for good web design that you can use. For example...
3. Make room for white space. The eyes need to rest! Avoid long chunks of text, even especially long sentences. That full-page paragraph that works in an academic paper won't cut it here.
4. Use headings, bold text, and spacing to encourage scanning. Web users scan more than read. Provide clues in the text about what's important to focus on.
5. Include images! They are a great way to break up text.
6. Pay attention to metadata. Titles, subjects, tags--be thoughtful about your wording. These are the words that a user will search for to match on your site, and this is also your main way of communicating what you're sharing through your exhibit.
7. If possible, employ parallel structure. Web users like some degree of predictability within a site. This doesn't mean all your pages have to look exactly the same, but consider where you can employ parallel structure. All your thumbnail images on the left? Two or three tags per item? Etc.
8. Ask a friend to look at your exhibit. If possible watch them go through it on their own without guiding them (user testing!). Get feedback!